Sean Meyer’s single drove in Jared Thompson with the winning run in the eighth inning as Thomas Jefferson beat Sioux City West 3-2 on Saturday to earn a split of their Missouri River Conference baseball doubleheader.
The Jackets, plagued by five errors, dropped the first game 7-1.
In the nightcap, Thompson led off the eighth with his second double of the game. Winning pitcher Grant Merk reached on an infield hit and Nate Newton was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Meyer.
It was the sixth time this season that the Yellow Jackets won the second game of a doubleheader after dropping the opener.
“I’m glad, the way they battled,” T.J. coach Tom Giles said. “It seems like every series, we come back to win the second game. But the bottom line is we’ve got to take care of the baseball. Five errors isn’t going to get it done.”
SC West 021 400 0–7 4 2
Thomas Jefferson 100 000 1–1 4 5
W: Alec Nieman. L: Ryan Steinspring.
SC West 001 100 00–2 6 1
Thomas Jefferson (7-21, 6-18) 002 000 01–3 10 1
W: Grant Merk. L: Allex Eslick. 2B: TJ, Ryan Steinspring, Nate Newton, Jared Thompson 2.
Le Mars 5, Lewis Central 3
Le Mars used some small ball in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and take the nonconference win.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning, but Lewis Central scored three in the fourth to take the lead. Johnathan Hemmingsen led off with a double, moved to third on Jonah Pomrenke’s infield single and scored on Colbey Roth’s groundout. Jordan Wardlow walked and stole second, and Nolan Miller’s single scored Pomrenke and Wardlow.
Le Mars tied it in the fifth, then used back-to-back singles, two stolen bases, a sacrifice fly and an error to plate two runs in the seventh.
Hemmingsen had two doubles for L.C.
Le Mars 200 010 2–5 8 1
Lewis Central (21-9) 003 000 0–3 8 1
W: Josh Pratt. L: JC Dermody. 2B: Hem 2, LM, 3B: LM, Anthony Lamoreux
AHSTW 8, Sidney 1
AVOCA – Clayton Akers and Lane Nelson combined to hold Sidney to one run on seven hits with 12 strikeouts.
Joel Sampson led the Viking attack with a double, two singles and an RBI. Sam Porter had two singles and two RBIs. Gabe Madsen also had two singles and a RBI for AHSTW.
“We did a fine job of getting runners on base,” AHSTW coach Jason Holst said. “I thought our pitching was solid and the defense made all the plays to help in the win.”
Sidney 000 010 0–1 7 2
AHSTW (10-11) 022 210 1–8 10 0
W: Clayton Akers. L: Sears. 2B: AHSTW, Joel Sampson.